World News Briefs For Saturday, 16 March 2019
Hello Australia!! - The Christchurch massacre suspect goes to court - Trump seems oblivious to his "influence" on the shooting in NZ - north Korea threatens to quit nuclear talks - And more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:
The Australian man arrested in the murders of 49 people in two Christchurch, New Zealand mosques listed as his influences Donald Trump and American conservative pundit Candace Owens, as well as Norwegian racist right winger and mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik and other cowardly dirtbags who attacked unarmed people in the name of their sick racial beliefs. Identified as 28-year old Brenton Tarrant, he has appeared in court and will face many more charges in the days to come. He and two other suspects had not made their way onto the radar of law enforcement according to NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. But because he legally possessed the weapons used in the massacre, she also promised a change in the nation's gun laws, which are looser than Australia's.
A day after being named as an influence of the cowardly gunman in Christchurch who shot women, children, and elderly people in the back as they fled, Donald Trump placed a call to Jacinda Ardern to offer support. "I informed the Prime Minister that we stand in solidarity with New Zealand - and that any assistance the USA can give, we stand by ready to help," Trump tweeted, "We love you New Zealand!" Earlier, Trump deleted a Tweet that he had sent during the massacre linking to a far-right "news" site that published an interview with him in which critics allege Trump threatened right-wing violence if he didn't get his way.
Trump on Friday vetoed a measure from Congress that revoked his declaration of a national emergency at the US-Mexico border. Congress will now need a two-thirds majority in both chambers to override the veto - that is highly unlikely to happen unless there is a rise in the number of Republicans concerned with the possibility of an executive branch power grab. This is the first veto of Trump's time in the White House.
Students around the world followed in the footsteps of their fellows in Australia and New Zealand, skipping class to take part in a global protest against climate change. The young people say that we - the adults - haven't done enough to address the disaster that they will have to live with. If human-generated greenhouse gas emissions continue at the current rate, the planet's average temperature will exceed 1.5 C degrees above pre-industrial levels as soon as 2030. That means higher, acidic seas, constant weather disasters, agricultural disruption, and the potential for millions of climate refugees fleeing newly uninhabitable areas.
Cyclone Idai has knocked out communications and power to Beira, a city of half a million people in western Mozambique. The casualty toll is unclear, but social media images getting out indicate a lot of damage to cars and buildings from flying debris.
Four people were hurt when Israeli missiles and attack helicopters pounded about 100 suspected Hamas sites in Gaza in retaliation for two rockets fired at Tel Aviv. Hamas said it didn't do it, and no other armed group claimed responsibility. But Hamas runs Gaza: "The Hamas organisation is the main organisation in the strip" said IDF spokesman Brig-Gen Ronen Manelis , "It is responsible for what happens within the strip and what emanates from it."
North Korea is considering breaking off nuclear negotiations with the US and resuming weapons testing. This is after last month's summit in Vietnam that ended early and without an agreement. Although Trump and Kim Jong-un apparently enjoy each other's company, Pyongyang accuses US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton of creating an "atmosphere of hostility and mistrust".